30 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

From stuffing and mashed potatoes to crisp salads and roasted veggies, each one of these Thanksgiving side dishes will win over everyone at the table.

Thanksgiving side dishes

For a holiday that’s all about food, there can be a whole lots of lifeless mashed potatoes, brown mushy stuffing, or soggy green bean casserole. But all it takes is a few little tweaks, and your Thanksgiving side dishes can be vibrant, good-for-you, and drop dead delicious. Here are all our tricks on how to make side dishes that will be enjoyed by everyone around the table. We guarantee that they’ll ask for seconds!

What does healthy mean? All of these Thanksgiving side dishes utilize the very best of seasonal produce, from brilliant sweet potatoes and butternut squash, to crispy Brussels sprouts to tender roasted cauliflower florets. Our recipes use moderate amounts of healthy fats like olive oil. All of them are vegetarian, and many of them are vegan, plant-based, and gluten free as well. They’re meant to be enjoyed by all sorts of diets: and best of all, they taste incredible. A few other great resources, before we start:

And now, our best Thanksgiving side dishes!

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Mashed sweet potatoes

Mashed Sweet Potatoes (& More Side Dishes!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 1x


Ready in just 30 minutes, these healthy mashed sweet potatoes are flavored with garlic and fresh chives. Perfect for Thanksgiving or any winter meal.


  • pounds sweet potatoes
  • pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk (or dairy free milk for vegan)
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Peel and dice the potatoes.
  2. Place the Yukon gold potatoes in a large pot and cover with 3 to 4 inches of water; add a generous amount of kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then add the sweet potatoes after 5 minutes. Boil 10 to 15 minutes more until both types of potatoes are tender. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of the water. Return the potatoes to the pot. 
  3. In the pot, pour back the 1/2 cup water to potatoes. Add the grated garlic (you can grate it right in), milk, kosher salt, chopped chives, and fresh ground black pepper. Mash until the desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Thanksgiving Side Dishes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Last updated: November 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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